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City swimming pool fees may change

February 10, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The price of most season passes at Hagerstown's public swimming pool will go down this summer.

But the city is eliminating all discount packages, which means the actual cost for some season pass holders will increase.

During a council work session Tuesday, Hagerstown City Council members said they supported the rate changes.

The changes are expected to be approved formally during the council's Feb. 23 voting session, City Clerk Gann Breichner said.

Under the proposed changes:

-- The price of day passes at Hagerstown's Claude M. Potterfield Pool will go up or down 25 cents, depending on the swimmer's age.

-- Admission and tour costs at Hager House will increase from $3 to $4 for adults. A new rate for senior citizens will keep their admission at $3.

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-- The price for using Municipal Stadium will increase from $60 to $75 for day games and from $90 to $100 for night games.

The rate changes were recommended by the city Department of Public Works and the city's Parks Board.

Under the proposal, the cost of a pass at Potterfield Pool for the 1999 summer season will go from $110 to $75 for families; from $65 to $40 for adults; from $45 to $30 for seniors and students; from $20 to $15 for preschoolers; and from $150 to $175 for corporate season passes.

Discounts on season passes will be discontinued. Previously, city residents, city employees and YMCA members received a 50 percent discount on their season passes.

So the price of a season pass for a family living in the city will go up from $55 to $75, under the proposed changes.

Public Works Manager Doug Stull said the changes will increase revenue at those attractions, which he said generally are subsidized by the city.

Annual operating expenses at Potterfield Pool are typically between $60,000 and $100,000 more than revenues, Stull said.

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